I had a wonderful follow-up appointment today with Dr Okonkwo.
- My incision site remains nice looking (and infection free)
- My walking is great! Yesterday we did 3 miles.
- The mobility in my neck is good. I can look 90 degrees both left and right.
- I've been functioning well on no medication for about 10 days now.
- My ability to eat has returned, even if I'm not that hungry. I do eat!
All and all I think he was pleased
We also got some encouraging news for moving forward.
I have to be careful not to strain in any way. The mesh that was sewn into my head will take about 3 months before my dura (the covering of the brain) fully re-grows and incorporates itself with my brain in this new position. Until then, doing anything too strenuous could bust the stitches that my genius surgeon worked so hard to put in place. That's an outcome I'd like to avoid.
So I've put jazzercise and breakdancing on hold for a while. Along with jogging. I'm so very okay with this.
In the meantime, I'm encouraged to walk as much as I can tolerate. To stretch and keep my body moving (even mild yoga). And he even said my 3 lb weights are good (I have all the proper work outs from months of physical therapy that I went through a few years ago).
I can also move forward with other activities - in moderation - as my energy level can handle. That means if I REALLY REALLY wanted to attend a rave (which I don't, this is a hypothetical) it technically wouldn't harm my surgery's success - but it might make me fatigued. And rest is still important.
Overall, I'm so excited about all this! There's been a few initial post-surgical guidelines that had been strictly enforced in this household (i.e.: "no cooking"). Now they can be lifted in favor of giving me back my discernment and a bit more freedom (I'm not about roast a turkey but can a girl dice an onion!)
Neil I know you are reading this, please don't think me ungrateful for your vigilance... thanks to you I've progressed so well. But please excuse me while I reach above my head to grab that fall sweater off the top shelf - with out assistance. oh sweet freedom!